Update from Sheriff’s Office August 27, 8:11 a.m.:

On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at approximately 1:30 p.m members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported serious motor vehicle collision on Patuxent Beach Road in the area of North Patuxent Beach Road.

Deputies arrived on scene to discover a head-on, two vehicle collision.  Preliminary investigation determined a 2009 Toyota Rav 4, operated by Diane Vanaman of Great Mills, was traveling south on Patuxent Beach Road when her vehicle crossed the center line and entered the northbound lanes.  Vanaman’s vehicle then struck a 2011 GMC Acadia operated by Genevieve Piatt of Lusby.  Vanaman was pronounced dead on the scene.  Piatt was transported by Maryland State Police Trooper 7 to Prince George’s Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.  The cause of the collision remains under investigation. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, and has not already provided a statement, is asked to contact Deputy Vincent Pontorno at 301-475-4040.

Update from Sheriff’s Office 5:47 p.m. The roadway at Rt. 4 at the bridge is reopened in both directions from the earlier accident.

Update:  At 1:24 p.m. on Wednesday volunteers were summoned to respond to an accident that was initially reported serious in nature on Rt.4 prior to the Thomas Johnson Bridge in St. Mary’s. 

Upon arrival heavy extrication began to free the trapped victims, After an initial assessment was made it was determined  that one operator was deceased.The remaining victim was removed from the vehicle and transported via helicopter to an area trauma center for life threatening injuries

 Updates as they become available

California MD – At 1:30 pm rescue crews responded to a head on collision on Route 4 just before the Thomas Johnson Bridge in St. Mary’s County.

Traffic is backed up; expect delays in both directions. All traffic is being detoured to South Patuxent Beach Road. The road will be closed for a minimum of 3 hours for the propose of accident reconstruction.

At this time one victim is confirmed deceased and another victim was flown at to an area trauma center.

More information when it becomes available.

Below is the live camera feed from the Maryland State Highway Administration.